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By Valerie Fitzgerald

A global bestseller and winner of the Georgette Heyer historic Novel Prize.

A wonderful, twisting, turning love tale unfolds amid the unique splendour of the British Raj.

Englishwoman Laura Hewitt accompanies her newly engaged cousin to India, first to Calcutta after which to the fabled fiefdom of Oliver Erskine, Zemindar - or hereditary ruler - of a personal state with its personal military. yet India is at the verge of the Mutiny, on the way to sweep all of them up in its chaos.

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Download E-books The Fishing Fleet: Husband-Hunting in the Raj PDF

By the past due 19th century, Britain's colonial reign appeared to recognize no limit—and India was once the gleaming jewel within the Imperial crown. a lot of Her Majesty's most sensible and brightest younger males departed for the Raj to make their careers, and their fortunes, as bureaucrats, squaddies, and businessmen. yet of their wake they left in the back of numerous younger girls who, without notice bereft of eligible bachelors, stumbled on themselves dealing with an doubtful destiny. With not anything to lose and every little thing to realize, a few of these girls determined to keep on with go well with and abandon their local Britain for India's unique glamour and—with males outnumbering girls via approximately 4 to at least one within the Raj—the top probability they'd at discovering a husband.

Drawing on a wealth of firsthand assets, together with unpublished memoirs, letters, images, and diaries, Anne de Courcy brings the exceptional global of "the Fishing Fleet," as those ladies have been identified, to existence. In those glowing pages, she describes the glittering whirlwind of dances, events, tennis tournaments, tiger shoots, and palatial banquets that awaited within the Raj, all aimed toward the chance of romance. many of the women have been clear of domestic for the 1st time, they usually plunged headlong into the heady dazzle of expatriate social lifestyles; marriages have been widespread. despite the fact that, after the honeymoon many girls have been faced with a fact that used to be faraway from the fairy story they might been chasing.

Rich with drama and colour, The Fishing Fleet is a luxurious, totally compelling real-life saga of experience, romance, and heartbreak within the heyday of the British Empire.

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Download E-books The Viceroy's Daughters: The Lives of the Curzon Sisters PDF

Based on unpublished letters and diaries, The Viceroy's Daughters is a riveting portrait of 3 lively and wilful girls who have been born on the top of British upper-class wealth and privilege.

The oldest, Irene, by no means married yet pursued her ardour for foxes, alcohol, and married males. the center, Cimmie, used to be a Labour celebration activist became Fascist. And Baba, the youngest and most lovely, possessed an urge for food for adultery that was once as risky because it was once outrageous.

As the sisters dance, dine, and romance their approach via England's such a lot hallowed halls, we get an intimate examine a rustic clinging to its historical past in the middle of warfare and quick swap. We receive clean views on such personalities because the Duke and Duchess of Windsor, Oswald Mosley, Nancy Astor and the Cliveden Set, and Lord Halifax. And we find a global of girls, impeccably bred and unabashedly wilful, whose ardour and spirit have been eternally fascinating.

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Download E-books The Siege: 68 Hours Inside the Taj Hotel PDF

By Adrian Levy, Catherine Scott-Clark

Mumbai, 2008. at the evening of November 26, Lashkar-e-Toiba terrorists attacked pursuits during the urban, together with the Taj Mahal Palace resort, one of many world’s such a lot specific luxurious motels. For sixty-eight hours, thousands have been held hostage as photographs rang out and an incredible fireplace raged. whilst the smoke cleared, thirty-one humans have been useless and lots of extra were injured. in simple terms the brave activities of employees and guests—including Mallika Jagad, Bob Nichols, and Taj common supervisor Binny Kang—prevented a miles larger demise toll.

With a deep knowing of the area and its politics and a story aptitude akin to hour of darkness in Peking, newshounds Cathy Scott-Clark and Adrian Levy vividly spread the tragic occasions in a real-life mystery full of suspense, tragedy, heritage, and heroism.

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Download E-books White Mughals: Love and Betrayal in Eighteenth-Century India PDF

By William Dalrymple

White Mughals is the romantic and finally tragic story of a passionate love affair that crossed and transcended all of the cultural, non secular and political limitations of its time.

James Achilles Kirkpatrick used to be the British Resident on the courtroom of the Nizam of Hyderabad whilst in 1798 he glimpsed Kahir un-Nissa—'Most first-class between Women'—the great-niece of the Nizam's major Minister and a descendant of the Prophet. Kirkpatrick had long past out to India as an bold soldier within the military of the East India corporation, desirous to make his identify within the conquest and subjection of the subcontinent. in its place, he fell in love with Khair and overcame many hindrances to marry her—not least of which was once the truth that she was once locked away in purdah and engaged to an area nobleman. ultimately, whereas ultimate Resident, Kirkpatrick switched over to Islam, and in accordance with Indian resources even grew to become a double-agent operating for the Hyderabadis opposed to the East India Company.

It is a striking tale, regarding mystery assignations, court docket intrigue, harem politics, non secular and kin disputes. yet such issues weren't unknown; from the early 16th century, while the Inquisition banned the Portuguese in Goa from donning the dhoti, to the eve of the Indian mutiny, the 'white Mughals' who wore neighborhood costume and followed Indian methods have been a resource of embarrassments to successive colonial administrations. William Dalrymple reveals such vibrant figures as 'Hindoo Stuart', who travelled along with his personal crew of Brahmins to take care of his temple of idols, and who spent decades attempting to convince the memsahibs of Calcutta to undertake the sari; and Sir David Ochterlony, Kirkpatrick's counterpart in Delhi, who took all 13 of his better halves out for night promenades, each one at the again in their personal elephant.

In White Mughals, William Dalrymple discovers a global nearly solely unexplored via historical past, and locations at its centre a compelling story of affection, seduction and betrayal. It possesses the entire sweep and resonance of a good nineteenth-century novel, set opposed to a historical past of moving alliances and the manoeuvring of the nice powers, the mercantile goals of the British and the imperial desires of Napoleon. White Mughals, the made of 5 years' writing and learn, triumphantly confirms Dalrymple's acceptance as one of many best writers at paintings today.

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Download E-books The Selector of Souls PDF

By Shauna Singh Baldwin

The Selector of Souls starts with a scene that's terrifying, harrowing and but unusually gentle: we are within the mid levels of the Himalayas as a tender girl provides delivery to her 3rd baby with the aid of her mom, Damini. The beginning brings no pleasure, only a terrible accounting, and the act that follows--the large sacrifice made by means of Damini out of affection of her daughter--haunts the novel.

In Shauna Singh Baldwin's mesmerizing novel, interesting, strong-willed girls needs to take care of the relentless common sense compelled upon them by way of survival: Damini, a Hindu midwife, and Anu, who flees an abusive marriage for the sanctuary of the Catholic church. whilst Sister Anu involves Damini's domestic village to open a health center, their paths pass, and every are sure they're doing what is most sensible for girls. What do wellbeing and fitness, justice, schooling and equality suggest for ladies whilst India is marching towards prosperity, progress and changing into a nuclear energy? If the child women and girls round them are to outlive, Damini and Anu needs to locate inventive how you can holiday with culture and aid this neighborhood swap from within.

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Download E-books Pax Indica: India and the World of the Twenty-First Century PDF

By Shashi Tharoor

Indian international relations, a veteran instructed Shashi Tharoor decades in the past, is just like the love-making of an elephant: it truly is performed at a truly excessive point, followed by means of a lot bellowing, and the consequences aren't recognized for 2 years. during this energetic, informative and insightful paintings, the award-winning writer and parliamentarian brilliantly demonstrates how Indian international relations has turn into sprightlier considering then and the place it must concentration on the planet of the twenty first century.

Explaining why international coverage issues to an India concerned about its personal family transformation, Tharoor surveys Indias significant overseas relationships intimately, conjures up the countrys tender energy and its worldwide obligations, analyses the workings of the Ministry of exterior Affairs, Parliament and public opinion at the shaping of coverage, and gives his techniques on a modern new grand process for the state, arguing that India needs to movement past non-alignment to multi-alignment.

His e-book deals a clear-eyed imaginative and prescient of an India now able to think new worldwide accountability within the modern global. Pax Indica is one other giant fulfillment from one of many best Indian authors of our instances.

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Download E-books Nehru: The Invention of India PDF

By Shashi Tharoor

Shashi Tharoor gives you an incisive biography of the good secularist who—alongside his religious father, Mahatma Gandhi—led the flow for India’s independence from British rule and ushered his newly self sufficient state into the trendy global. the guy who might someday aid topple British rule and turn into India’s first top minister began as an incredibly unremarkable scholar. Born right into a prosperous, politically influential Indian kinfolk within the waning years of the Raj, Jawaharlal Nehru used to be raised on Western secularism and the humanist rules of the Enlightenment. 

Once he met Gandhi in 1916, Nehru threw himself into the nonviolent fight for India’s independence, a fight that wasn’t received till 1947. India had discovered an ideal political supplement to her extra non secular recommend, yet neither Nehru nor Gandhi may hinder the terrible fee for independence: partition. This attention-grabbing biography casts an unflinching eye on Nehru’s heroic efforts for, and stewardship of, self sufficient India and offers us a cautious appraisal of his legacy to the world.

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Download E-books Indian Philosophy: A Very Short Introduction PDF

By Sue Hamilton

India has an extended, wealthy, and numerous culture of philosophical suggestion, spanning a few and a part millennia and encompassing a number of significant non secular traditions.

In this exciting creation to Indian philosophy, the variety of Indian notion is emphasised. it truly is based round six colleges of proposal that experience obtained vintage prestige. Sue Hamilton explores how the traditions have tried to appreciate the character of truth when it comes to internal or religious quest and introduces distinctively Indian innovations, reminiscent of karma and rebirth. She additionally explains how Indian thinkers have understood problems with fact and knowledge--issues which are additionally a huge a part of the Western philosophical tradition.

About the sequence: Combining authority with wit, accessibility, and magnificence, Very brief Introductions supply an advent to a few of life's best issues. Written via specialists for the newcomer, they exhibit the best modern brooding about the crucial difficulties and matters in thousands of key themes, from philosophy to Freud, quantum thought to Islam.

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